Srinagar: India women cricket team shattered World record with a historic home Test vs England in Mumbai on Saturday.
Deepti Sharma took match haul of nine wickets as India beat England by 347 runs. This is the biggest margin of win (in terms of runs) in the history of women’s Tests. The previous best was Sri Lanka’s 309-run win over Pakistan in Colombo in 1998. The win was also Indian women’s team’s first over England at home.
It was also India’s first win over England at home in 15 Tests, having beaten them in away games twice in 2014, giving them a big boost ahead of the one-off Test against Australia starting next week.
India set in motion the hunt for triumph while declaring their second innings closed at the overnight score of 186 for 6, leaving England to climb a huge mountain of 479 runs in their second innings.
The Indian bowlers led by off-spinner Deepti Sharma (4/32) and pacer Pooja Vastrakar (3/23) then bundled out England for 131 to celebrate a victory which now stands as the biggest in terms of runs in the history of women’s Test cricket.
But for all that slew of records, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side should thank Deepti (8-2-32-4) who was in her elements after that sensational 5 for seven in the first innings, as England lacked gumption to fight even on a pitch that appeared to be far more gentle.